COOL GEAR ALERT: PRS Guitars “Stripped” 58

Today I had the huge honour of spending about an hour with Paul Reed Smith himself for a huge interview which will be posted on I Heart Guitar soon. We talked about a lot of very interesting stuff – various PRS pickups, signature artists, the growth of the SE division, PRS’s wood stocks, and much more. One thing I wish we’d touched on but didn’t was this beauty: the PRS Guitars “Stripped” 58 model. Originally offered as a limited run for Experience PRS in 2011, this guitar is based on the popular SC 58, but with some changes which make it more affordable but no less desirable. It has a 24.5″ scale length, 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard, moon inlays (with bird option), mahogany neck and body, plus a curly maple top (with a 10-top option). The pickups are a set of 57/08 humbuckers (which sound amazing) and there’s an individual volume and tone control for each pickup. The guitar also has PRS’s two-piece bridge, which is machined rather than cast, for greater resonance. Just look at that thing. That tailpiece is so chunky that I think I can hear it making my computer monitor more resonant just by being displayed on it.

Happy Rush Day, Australia!

Today Rush’s new album Clockwork Angels is released in Australia (most other countries have to wait until Monday). It’s utterly, absolutely killer. Lots of people are saying it’s their best since Moving Pictures, and it certainly has its own magical vibe. I guess the closest thing I can compare it to is stuff like the title track of Test For Echo, but there’s a lot more going on than just that. If you’re in Australia, you can get it now (try the link to the right of this article). If you’re in the rest of the world you’ll only have to wait a few more days!

One more thing: